Interested in becoming a drug testing professional? Whether you aspire to be a sample collector, a breath test technician, or to run your own testing center, the first thing to do is to choose a drug testing training provider. However, things aren’t as simple as they could be. As there is no accreditation in this industry, choosing a reputable training company isn’t as easy as comparing colleges. There are several things you’ll need to know prior to making your decision.
How long has the provider been in business? While there’s nothing inherently wrong with completing a course from a newer provider, there’s something to be said for working with one that’s been around for a decade or more. It shows that they’re certainly doing something right, and it also increases the chances they’ll still be in operation in a few years when you need to complete your refresher course (all drug testing professionals must go through refresher courses periodically, although the actual times vary between positions).
While you may have your ideal career path mapped out in your head, it’s just as likely that you’re not 100% certain what drug testing training options are right for you. To help ensure that you make an informed decision regarding your future, it’s best to work with a training provider that offers a full range of course offerings. These should range from sample collection to breath test technicians and even trainers (training professionals are in high demand for mandatory employee training within DOT companies).
Course Delivery Methods
How you learn is almost as important as what you learn. Make sure you consider the various course delivery formats offered by drug testing training providers. If you think you’re limited to traditional classroom learning, it might be time to take another look at the industry. While in-person training is still done, and does offer benefits, online courses have become the norm, particularly for this type of career. There are several drug testing training courses that can easily be completed entirely online, without you ever having to set foot in a classroom or conference room.
When everything is said and done, your choice of drug testing training provider is just as important as the decision to further your education in the first place. Don’t rush your decision, and always make your choice based on accurate information.